10 Powerful Rewards of Singing with Your Kids

Moi: “I can’t feel my”

Son: “face”

Moi: “when I’m with”

Son: “you”

Moi: “but I”

Son: “luff it,” giggle, “I luff it!”

The soundtrack to our most recent hot tub adventure (I promise, it’s more like a just-barely-lukewarm-tub – but it has jets and bubbles, and is a super fun “physical” activity we love to include in our 3-15 chunks!)

Not a traditional children’s song, I’ll admit, but a pretty amusing one to act out with a little lead vocalist. I’ve always been something of a melodic talker, narrating my life musical-style in real time – but now, I have just cause, hallelujah!

10 Powerful Rewards of Singing with your Kids

Rewards of Singing with your Kids

Singing, as it turns out, is one of the best things we can do for our babies! Here’s a list of the 10 top reasons to bust out your vocals whether or not you’ve always secretly felt destined for Broadway:

  1. Language Skills: Song is a special type of speech. In Blythe’s book “The Genius of Natural Childhood” she states that “lullabies, songs and rhymes of every culture carry the ‘signature’ melodies and inflections of a mother tongue, preparing a child’s ear, voice and brain for language”. This food may help with that too…
  2. Mathematical & Scientific Reasoning: Music enhances development in areas of the brain tied to counting, pattern recognition, time, and organization – children who have studied music tend to excel more in math
  3. Music Skills: By singing together, you can help your child learn to match tones, vary speed and volume, express emotion with their voice, maintain a steady rhythm and all kinds of other skills that music makes fun!
  4. Cause & Effect: When we sing the same songs over and over again, the littles learn to anticipate what will come next (claps, stomps, tickles, fist pump, etc.).
  5. Literacy/Memory: There’s a reason we sing the ABC’s and don’t try to get kids to memorize it on paper. Put something to song and it becomes infinitely more sticky to their little minds. Things like… parts of the body, numbers, days of the week, countries….
  6. Tradition: Songs are a powerful tool for promulgating our cultural heritage to our children… even if you only know one song. And all it says is, “eat birdie, fly away” in another language.
  7. Transitions & Routines: Babies feel safer when they know what is coming next, when life is at least a little predictable. Having a specific song that precedes bedtime, dinner or using the potty makes it all just a little easier to take.
  8. Play: Get your moves on and make singing and dancing a part of regular play time. Teach songs with actions and help them to learn balance, coordination, body awareness and rhythm!
  9. Bonding: Babies are born already knowing their parents voices from their time in utero, and music can be instrumental in furthering emotional attachment. As songs become more familiar to them, they trigger bonding through a sense of security.
  10. New words: Songs also introduce kids to sounds and meanings of new words that otherwise might not be a part of your family’s vernacular. Feel free to insert hilarious or impressive words into common songs just for the learning 🙂 (ie: the itsy bitsy spider ascended the water spout). The sky’s the limit!

10 Powerful Rewards of Singing with Your Kids

Don’t let a little thing like talent (or lack thereof) stand in your way. Your baby is your biggest fan 🙂 So make like you’re in the shower, grab a wooden spoon and sing and dance like no one is watching. Someone will be, and they’ll thank you later.

10 thoughts on “10 Powerful Rewards of Singing with Your Kids”

  1. Loved this one! I love seeing how Philip and now Benji too, light up when I start singing! I even get all kinds of requests from Philip from a song book he has, and I notice that he even starts to sing along to some songs that come on regularly on the radio! The best is, he says “I love this song!” when I turn it up a little louder and sing along!!!! CUTEST thing ever!

    1. I just melted. Those boys are the cutest – and their mama is such a good singer 🙂 🙂 I’m really hoping to pop over and visit you within the year – gotta meet the newest Diesing!

  2. I love this! I studied music therapy for a while and the long lasting effects of just singing with your kids and getting them loving music is such a great way for them to learn new words and skills! Great post!

    1. Thanks so much Harriet 🙂 What a fun thing to study! Thanks for stopping by and sharing!

  3. I definitely don’t consider myself a great singer, but I’ve always enjoyed it so it seemed natural for me to sing to my babies from the time they were born. Now that they are a little bit older, singing is one of their favorite things and I really feel like it’s helped them grow and maybe even be a little ahead of the curve.

  4. I’m with you on this. I have such fond memories of singing with my mom and brothers (even though they said I couldn’t carry a tune) Ha ha Recently my brother heard me singing with my kids and he, said, “Wow, when did you learn to sing?” I guess I’ve improved with age. 🙂

    My grown up kids still remember facts that I taught them when then were young because we set the facts to music.

    Great post.

    1. Awesome!!! Practice makes perfect as they say… 🙂 I would love to know what you were able to teach them through song Barbara – have you heard the animanciancs song with the capitals of each state etc…?

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